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Research background and theoretical framework

Virginia Hill and Gabriela Alboiu

in Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780198736509
Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191800290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736509.003.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics

Research background and theoretical framework

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This book aims to sort out the myths from the facts with regard to two issues of Old Romanian grammar: the syntax of root clauses, and the syntax of clausal complements to control and raising verbs. In these respects, the book proposes formal analyses based on principled constraints on topics such as the variation in verb–clitic word orders, the peculiarities of gerund and supine clauses, and the systematic replacement patterns in clausal complements. The formalizations take into account the results of cartographic tests and are developed in terms of the crash-merge/feature checking version of the Minimalist Program.

Keywords: Old Romanian; root clauses; clausal complements; control verbs; raising verbs; cartography

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Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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